The future of the languages of Europe (contrastive linguistics, English and German)
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The Brighton Doctoral College is pleased to welcome applications from self-funded or externally sponsored students for programmes of research in this or a closely related area, beginning from September 2012. Applications are welcome from students wishing to study full time or part time, and applications are welcome from students in employment who have the support of their employers.
- Based in the Faculty of Arts
- Supervisors: Professor Raphael Salkie; Dr Jelena Timotijevic.
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German and English expert opinion has long been divided on whether each language has a Future tense. For English, a related question is whether WILL is a modal. A lot is at stake here: the nature of time, the status of tenses in different languages, the nature of ‘modality’, how best to teach English, and the relationship between the meaning of language (semantics) and the use of language (pragmatics).
Experts are also divided over German: Saltveit and Vater say that WERDEN is a modal, but Welke has argued strongly that it is a future tense.
The existence of this radical division in opinion strongly suggests that further studies in this area are required, and it is of course significant that there is such a similar controversy in two closely related languages.
Using monolingual and bilingual translation corpora, which are large collections of texts, we would welcome proposals which would examine whether German WERDEN and English WILL are best analysed as future tense markers that can also be used for other purposes, or principally as modals that can also be used to refer to future time, or a complex influence of the two, as argued in recent work by both Salkie and Timotijevic. We anticipate that insights from this study will have obvious import for theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics and teachers and students of the two languages.
The Faculty of Arts would therefore welcome proposals from applicants who have a good knowledge of German and preferably experience with computer corpora.